updated 10/15/2010 3:15:42 AM ET 2010-10-15T07:15:42

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Oct. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Broadwind Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:BWEN) today announced that it has appointed Mark T. Skeen as vice president of technical services. He will lead Broadwind's wind service technician teams delivering field troubleshooting and repair as well as execution of site operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts. Skeen will report to Paul Seppanen, president of Broadwind's Energy Maintenance Service subsidiary.

"Mark brings a deep expertise in world-class wind turbine operations to the Broadwind team," said Seppanen. "His addition is a strategic step to enhance our reliability-centered O&M offering that integrates 24/7 turbine monitoring, site operations staffing and major component refurbishment. We are delighted to have Mark on board." The operations management team of EMS also includes Mark Simon, vice president of drivetrain services, and Olen Richardson, vice president of blade services.

Skeen stated, "Broadwind's investment in capabilities for gearbox and blade refurbishment, coupled with rigorous field maintenance processes create a powerful combination. I am pleased to join a team driving O&M cost savings for turbine owners throughout North America."

Skeen has worked at NextEra Energy / Florida Power and Light for the last 12 years, most recently as general manager over wind turbine operations in the Texas and Oklahoma region. He holds a Bachelor of Power Generation degree from FPL Group University in Juno Beach, Fla., and served in the United States Marine Corps.

Skeen will be based at Broadwind's Abilene, Texas-based wind turbine services center.

About Broadwind Energy, Inc.

Broadwind Energy, Inc., based in Naperville, Illinois, provides technologically advanced high-value products and services to the U.S. wind energy industry. Broadwind's product and service portfolio provides customers, including wind turbine manufacturers, wind farm developers and wind farm operators, with access to a broad array of wind component and service offerings. These product and service offerings include wind turbine gearing systems, wind turbine structural towers, industrial products, technical services, Precision Repair and Engineering services, and logistics. For more information on Broadwind Energy, please visit http://www.bwen.com

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